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The second annual Community Eco Fair is set for Thursday, April 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria. A highlight of the event will be guided tours of a giant Earth balloon every 20 minutes in the school gymnasium.

District 206 presents the second annual Community Eco Fair

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School District 206 will present the second annual Community Eco Fair on Thursday, April 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria.

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The community is invited to attend and learn about opportunities to incorporate sustainable products and practices into daily work and life. Through business and student exhibits, demonstrations and interactive children's activities, attendees will learn how to live a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle without much effort.

Some highlights include the following:

• Guided tours of a giant Earth balloon. Step inside a 20-foot high inflatable globe that features hundreds of ocean and land images, courtesy of satellite photographs taken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

• Stage performances, featuring Spencer Christensen from 4 to 6 p.m.; Just for Kix dance performance, 6 to 6:15 p.m.; Lincoln Elementary 6th grade choir, 6:15 to 6:30 p.m.; and Climb Theatre's play, Trash!, 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. This play was written to inspire children to lead the way in waste reuse, education and recycling.

• Hands-on children's activities, including kite making from biodegradable and recyclable material; learning about garden germination; making signs for the school garden; a scavenger hunt; and face painting.

• Eco art contest featuring projects from high school students using only recycled materials or having a sustainability/environmental theme. Fair-goers can look at the projects and vote for their favorite piece. Prizes will be awarded to the top three projects at 7:10 p.m.

• Three healthy food and refreshment options available for purchase - $4 for children 12 and younger; $5 for all other ages; $2 for additional entrees. Options include a bison hot dog, bison burger or vegetarian entrée salad, all with fresh fruit and yogurt dip, fresh vegetables and BST/BGH-free milk.

• Door prizes.

• More than 25 exhibitors.

Additionally, the following demonstrations geared to adults and children will be given:

• How to create an efficient and beautiful keyhole garden by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

• Tips on how to find wildlife outdoors with a close-up look at fur, bones, skulls, feathers and animal sounds, by Lake Carlos State Park/Minnesota DNR staff.

• How to make a purse from reused plastic shopping bags by Delores Schmidt.

• How to make your own rain barrel by Douglas County Soil and Water Conservation District.

• Identifying local trees by Luther Crest Bible Camp staff.

The Community Eco Fair is supported by Tastefully Simple, 3M, Alexandria Light and Power, Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management and Alexandria Technical and Community College.

For information, visit the website, www.alexandria.k12.mn.us/ecofair.

Cans for band

In conjunction with the Community Eco Fair, the Jefferson High School (JHS) Marching Band will be collecting aluminum cans to promote recycling for a fundraising drive.

During the week of April 11, District 206 students are encouraged to bring aluminum cans to their schools for recycling.

There will also be a community drop-off location at Woodland Elementary School during the Eco Fair, and drop-offs at Woodland and JHS on Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The band has continuous drop-off locations in the parking lots of Walmart, Mike's Car Wash and Alex Auto and Marine.

Money raised from recycling cans is used to fund the JHS Marching Band program.

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